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The Occult in Late Victorian & Edwardian literature: Some Reflections on Belief

Elisa Gray of Lincoln College, 16th July (Thursday) 7.15 for 7.30 start. £5

The occult featured heavily in the fiction of the late 19th century an in the early years of the 20th; moreover, a good number of practising occultists wrote stories, poems and novels. This is well known but this talk takes it deeper: Elisa Gray looks into just how English occult authors reflected upon their own beliefs, and how they expressed these beliefs in their artistic creations. She picks out a few luminaries for particular discussion, namely Yeats and Crowley - where she focuses on their poetry. Algernon Blackwood's beliefs on the supernatural are considered, as well. Most excitingly, a leading woman of the Golden Dawn, namely 'new woman' Florence Farr, is examined: the speaker looks at her writing and occultism - and how reveals her influence upon decadent advocates such as Aubrey Beardsley and Oscar Wilde. The speaker,Elisa Gray, is a doctoral student at Lincoln College, working on decadent literature.


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Date and Time:

16 July 2009 at 7:15 pm


2 hours



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